Friday, October 23, 2015 4:23 pm ·  1 Comment
On Thursday November 13, 2014, Oakville residents Carol and Grant Gooding met with Graeme Goebelle (Chair), Bill McLeod (C.E.O.), and Liane Fernandes (Senior Director, Health System Development and Community Engagement), of the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MH-LHIN). The meeting stemmed from long held concerns the Goodings had regarding the level of senior care in their community. The implications for seniors, and others in the community, of the upcoming move of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) heightened their concerns.
The outcome of this meeting was that the MH-LHIN asked the Goodings to determine the health-related needs of seniors and those of any age who are physically challenged or require complex continuing care, and who reside in South-Central and South-East Oakville. They responded by forming an Ad Hoc Committee to undertake an assessment of the health-related needs of these groups, especially in light of the OTMH relocation.
The purpose of this Report was to determine the needs of Seniors (SRS), those requiring Complex Continuing Care (CCC), and those with Major Physical Disabilities (MPD) in South-East and South-Central Oakville. An Ad Hoc Committee conducted research and a survey. The survey was answered by 1,204 households in which 53% were Seniors, 16% required Complex Continuing Care, and 13% had Major Physical Disabilities.
Since its early beginnings in South-East Oakville, the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH), begun as a private house providing healthcare to the area, has become the predominant centre for health services for all of Oakville. Over many years of volunteering and fund raising for OTMH, the members of the community have developed a strong bond.
A larger, more up-to-date hospital will soon replace the old one, opening in a new area of Oakville in December 2015. The resulting void in local health services in South-East and South-Central Oakville will affect everyone in those areas, but will be especially problematic for the three target groups mentioned above – Seniors, those needing Complex Continuing Care and those with Major Physical Disabilities.
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In conclusion, the move of OTMH to the North-West quadrant of Oakville will impact health care access and cost for many residents of South-East and South-Central Oakville. This is particularly true for Seniors who no longer drive or have mobility issues, individuals requiring Complex Continuing Care and residents with Major Physical Disabilities.
The key issue is the gap in services that will occur between the closing of OTMH at the Reynolds Street site (December, 2015) and the opening of the proposed Family Health Hub (sometime in the 2020/21 timeframe).
As an interim or stop-gap measure, respondents strongly supported the idea of using the old OTMH building for walk-in clinical services for local residents.
Support across all groups was overwhelming for immediate work on planning and design of a Family Health Hub for the OTMH lands.
This report strongly supports the Family Health Hub concept, and further, that services include primary care, outpatient (walk-in clinical) services, pharmacy, rapid diagnostic and lab services, triage, mental health, health promotion and prevention services, seniors’ services, recreational services and meeting space.
This report was written and prepared by the Ad-Hoc Committee.
Bill McLeod, Carol Gooding, Complex Continuing Care, December 2015, Family Health Hub, Family Physicians, Graeme Goebelle, Grant Gooding, Halton Emergency Medical Services, Home Care, Liane Fernandes, Long Term Care, Major Physical Disabilities, MH-LHIN, Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Seniors, South-East Oakville